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Two Men Violently Mugged Senior Citizen for iPhone in Isham Park

By Carla Zanoni | September 27, 2012 10:18pm

INWOOD — Police are searching for two suspects who assaulted a senior citizen while stealing his iPhone in Isham Park Wednesday night.

The 65-year-old Park Terrace East resident was approached by two men while walking up the stairs leading from Broadway into the park at around 5 p.m., witnesses said.

The men confronted the victim and hit him in the mouth with what he believed to be a handgun before stealing his phone and running off, police said.

Police did not immediately have a description of the assailants.

Witnesses said the victim was bleeding profusely from the head before he was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital's Allen Hospital.

Although witnesses said they thought the victim had teeth knocked out, police could not confirm his condition.

This area of Isham Park that has repeatedly been the scene of reported muggings and assaults dating back to at least 2008.

Most recently, Michael O’Reilly, a Grammy Award-winning recording engineer, was also assaulted and robbed by two men while walking along the same path in Isham Park in early June.

O’Reilly suffered a broken nose, two black eyes and lacerations and has been seeing a neurologist for continued headaches and an opthamologist for an eye problem while recovering. His assailants have not been caught.

After several similar incidents took place throughout the 34th Precinct, police announced that they thought a crew was responsible for the attacks.

The NYPD increased patrols after the June incident, with police driving through the immediate area beside the park more regularly and at times walking through the park on foot patrols.